Monday, 18 December 2017

LRC Closed Over Christmas

The LRC will close at 12pm on Friday 22nd December and will re-open on Monday 8th January.
We will not be open at any point over the holidays.

If you need to borrow any resources or buy any stationery, please make sure you do so before 12pm this Friday.

Many thanks and wishing you all a Happy Christmas from the LRC Team.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Last Puzzle of the Day and Time to Get Those Entries In

Today is the last day of Numeracy Week.  A big thank you to all those that have got involved and taken part in the various events and competitions...and a big congratulations to all those that have won so far!

Today's last puzzle of the day is....

Today is also the deadline for Owen's Delightfully Challenging Maths Puzzle and the Greedy Goat Geometry Puzzle.  Entries must be submitted in the LRC by the end of today to be in with a chance of winning!

Thanks again to everyone and good luck with the final competitions.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Numeracy Week - Thursday's Puzzle of the Day and Debate

Thursday's Puzzle of the Day is.....

There will also be a Debate 'This House would make A Level Maths Compulsory' in M008 at Lunchtime, with a cash prize of £20 for the successful winner of the debate....all are welcome to come along so make sure you don't miss out!!

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Numeracy Week - Wednesday's Puzzle of the Day and more.....

Wednesday's Puzzle of the Day is.....

There will also be a Maths Puzzle to complete at lunchtime in the Courtyard and LRC with a prize of £10.....staff will be handing out copies throughout lunch, or feel free to pop into the LRC and collect one.

Good luck.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Numeracy Week - Tuesdays Puzzle of the Day and More.....

Good morning everyone......Tuesday's Puzzle of the Day is........

As before - entries need to be submitted in the LRC by the end of the day.

Other events taking place today include Countdown in the Lecture Theatre at Lunchtime.....there's a cash prize of £20 for the winner and all are welcome to get involved.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Numeracy Week Has Landed

This week is Numeracy Week here at Thomas Rotherham College and to kick start the week we have the first Puzzle of the Day Competition.....

To be in with a chance to win £5.00 - don't forget to post your entry in the LRC before the end of the day and good luck!!

Today, two other competitions are also being launched.  Owen's Delightfully Challenging Maths Puzzle (with a prize of £10) and the Greedy Goat Geometry Puzzle (prize £10).  Entry forms can be collected from either the LRC or Maths department and entries need to be submitted in the LRC by Friday 15th December to be in with a chance of winning.

Good luck!!

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Numeracy Week Coming Soon

Next week (11th - 15th December) is Numeracy Week here at Thomas Rotherham College.

Throughout the week there will be a variety of competitions and events - many with cash prizes!

You will find a Puzzle of the Day competition which will be advertised on this blog, on MyDay and via e-mail along with much keep your eyes peeled for what is going on and don't forget to get involved!!

Friday, 1 December 2017

Christmas Has Landed

It's the 1st December, so Christmas has officially landed in the LRC.
We are aware it is mock exam week next week so maybe the holidays seem a long way off.  Please be aware that the LRC is open as normal next week, so you will always have a quiet place to study and revise throughout the week....and will be able to enjoy our sparkly Christmas tree at the same time!!
Good luck to everyone with your mock exams.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Libraries Week

Libraries Week

9th to 14th October 2017
Libraries Week is a chance to showcase all of the creative, innovative and diverse activities that UK libraries have to offer.  It's not just public libraries but, libraries of all kinds within colleges, schools, universities and workplaces that provide amazing services. During 9th to 14th October, go and discover the range of activities, facilities, information and library services on offer at your library.  Further information about the week can be found on the Libraries Week website.
Come and take a look at the display in the LRC, which tells you about the event, as well as a list of the main public libraries within South Yorkshire(Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield). A selection of library themed fiction books and a DVD are on display, all of which are available for you to borrow. 

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Black History Month

October is Black History Month, which has been marked in the UK for more than 30 years with the aim of highlighting and celebrating the achievement and contributions of the black community in the UK.

The official Black History Month website features loads of information, news and details of events taking place across the region.

You can also find out here about the incredible things that 12 women, in particular, have done for Britain.

In the LRC we have a display dedicated to Black History Month, featuring short biographies about key people, along with a number of relevant resources - please take the time to come and check this out.  All the resources on the display can be borrowed, just ask a member of staff.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Welcome and Hello

Welcome to the first LRC blog post of the academic year.  We would very much like to say welcome to all our new students and hello again to all our returning students.  We hope you have all had a fantastic summer and are now all geared up and ready to learn.

The LRC has had a big clean up over the summer months and you will find many new books on the shelves - all in line with the new linear A-Levels.  But, if you think we are missing anything, do let us know either in person or via one of our suggestion boxes so we can make sure to order further titles in.

The big change this summer is how we loan laptops.  This September we are introducing self-service laptop loans.  As before, these laptops are for use in the LRC only and can be borrowed for up to 2 hours.

You will find the new exciting purple self-service locker on the upper level of the LRC.  You will need your student ID card to borrow a laptop and full instructions are on the touch screen - however if you are struggling, please don't hesitate to ask a member of staff.

We would love to hear your feedback about this new service - so please let us know what you think.

See you all soon.
The LRC Team

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

CILIP Carnegie Medal Winner 2017



Front Cover
On the 80th anniversary of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) Carnegie Medal, the book Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys was announced as the winner on Monday 19 June.  It's an inspirational novel that is based on a true story from the Second World War about the German ship the Wilhelm Gustloff which was sunk in port in early 1945. The ship had over 9000 civilian refugees, including children on board and nearly all were drowned.  Ruta Sepetys brilliantly imagines the unforgettable stories of four young people who are each haunted by their own dark secret.

If you are looking for something different to read after your exams and studies, a copy of the book is available in the LRC to borrow.  Further new fiction books are also on display in the LRC, with an outline of the story by each book.

Monday, 12 June 2017

TRC Careers HE Evening - Thursday 15 June 2017

Thursday 15 June 2017

The TRC Careers H. E. Evening is taking place in college on Thursday 15 June 2017 from 5pm to 7.30pm. This has been arranged by the college careers staff to provide advice to you and your parents/carers on options after college.
From 5pm to 6.30pm there will be an exhibition in the Courtyard area, with stands from TRC Careers and Work placement, local colleges and universities, gap year organisations, the Higher Education Progression Partnership (HEPP) and Year in Industry.

Talks are also taking place in the Foundation Room, Drama Studio, Lecture Theatre, LRC and Woodhurst (W004) on Local Higher Education Provision, Degree and Higher Level Apprenticeships, Higher Education Finance, Personal Statement for UCAS applications and Why go to University? 

Come and take a look at the display in the LRC, to see some of the resources available in the Careers Library. If you require further assistance in finding careers resources please see the Careers Librarian, Mandy Barker.  Further information and resources can be accessed on the Careers Moodle page.

Please see a member of Careers staff, Cerise Walters, Kevin Lennox or Rachel Bentley based in Student Services if you need further careers advice or information. Appointments to see any of them can be made at the main desk in Student Services.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Who To Vote For??

With only 2 days to go until the General Election, you might still be wondering who to vote for.

These two quick quizzes are a good way to figure out which party policies you prefer.  So take a few minutes out of your day and have a go and make your voice count on Thursday.


Monday, 5 June 2017

Essential Stationery for Exam Season

Image Courtesy of stokpic / Pixabay
Many of you will be sitting a number of exams over the coming week, so make sure you have all the essential stationery you need.
The LRC has a number of items for sale at very reasonable prices.
Here's a glimpse of just some of the items - for more details of all our stock, please call in and see our price list.

Clear pencil case 50p

Black pen 5p

Pencil 5p

Ruler 15cm 10p / 30cm 15p

Revision Cards Small 15p Medium 20p

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Half Term Opening

The LRC will be open for study and revision Wednesday - Friday, 9.30am until 3.30pm.

Please remember to sign in at the main reception and wear your ID card as normal.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Don't Forget to Return Your Books!!

Image courtesy of Pixabay

A reminder to students that ALL books (including both LRC and departmental books) must be returned by no later than Friday 30th June.

However you don’t have to wait until then, once your exam is over, don’t carry them around for longer than you need too – return them straight away.

Can you please make sure that you return ALL books to the LRC and not to the department.  This enables us to effectively clear your account on our system and ensures you don’t get any unnecessary fines and chasing letters/e-mails.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Election: 8th June 2017

The General Election is fast approaching, with only a couple of weeks left to go.

On Thursday 8th June 2017 everyone aged 18 and over has the chance to play a key role in our democracy and vote for our next Government.

If you are struggling to understand what all the parties stand for and make an informed choice of who to vote for, make sure to pop into the LRC and check out our display.  Here you will find information about each of the main party's manifestos along with key information about elections and democracy.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Dementia Awareness Week

Dementia Awareness Week

14 to 20 May 2017


This year Dementia Awareness Week takes place from the 14 to 20 May 2017.  The Alzheimer's Society is asking everyone in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to unite against dementia.
Dementia is set to be the biggest 21st century killer.  However, awareness and understanding remains low and many families are facing it alone.

During the week, the Alzheimer's Society wants everyone to come together and take action.  By uniting everyone can raise awareness, offer help and understanding, improve care and urgently find a cure.

Come and take a look at the display in the LRC, as we raise awareness about dementia.  There are some free booklets and postcards available to take away published by the Alzheimer's Society, as well as some fiction and film tie-in books about people with dementia and books on dementia.  Further information and publications can be found on The Alzheimer's Society website.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

LRC Survey

Each year we ask students to complete a survey about the Learning Resources Centre. 
Please spare a few minutes to complete this survey as your opinions and comments will help the LRC make improvements to its resources and services.
You can access the survey here (you will need to log into Moodle when prompted).
Many thanks in advance.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week

8 to 14 May 2017

Surviving or Thriving? 
Today is the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, which is organised by the Mental Health Foundation. The theme for the week is Surviving or Thriving? Good mental health is more than the absence of a mental health problem.  That's why during this week, mental health is being looked at from a new perspective.  Instead of asking why so many people live with mental health problems, the week will seek to uncover why too few people are thriving with good mental health.

Come and take a look at the display in the LRC depicting information from the Mental Health Foundation website, as well as some resources available in the LRC to borrow including some self help guides on dealing with anxiety, confidence and stress.  Further information, publications and resources can be found on the Mental Health Foundation website.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

LRC Printer Out of Action

The LRC printer is currently out of action - we apologise for this.  However students can still print in College as follows:-

You can print in the LRC to the Toshiba queue.  This printing can then be released from either the Woodhurst printer (on the ground floor) or the Chancellors printer (located in C104).

Alternatively you can print to the Kyocera printers in either the Study Area or IT Suite - however you do need to be on the computers in one of these areas to send your printing.

The LRC printer should be back up and running later today or first thing tomorrow.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Final Term Stationery Sale

Welcome back to the final term of the academic year.  The LRC has been extremely busy today and it's been great to see so many of you busy working away.

Exam season is now fast approaching with only a few weeks to go until the first exam.  The LRC is the perfect place to study and revise and we are back to our normal opening hours of 8.15am every morning.

For the final term we have also introduced a small stationery sale with notepads, revisions cards and pens vastly reduced, so pop in and make sure you purchase some soon.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Spring/Summer is Here - Time To Study

Spring/Summer is certainly here and the College is looking great today. 
Just a reminder that the LRC is open for study and revision from 9.30 - 3.30 every day during the holidays except Friday 14th, Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

LRC Easter Opening Times

The LRC will be open for study and revision during the Easter holidays from 9.30 - 3.30 every day

Friday 14th April
Monday 17th April
Tuesday 18th April

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

LRC Closing at 3.15pm Today

The LRC will be closing at 3.15pm today due to Parent's Evening.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

1Y Students Progression Interviews - This Friday

Progression interviews for A Level study next year will take place this Friday 31st March


1Y students should have received a letter in the post with their interview time.


If you haven't received this, please see CIS asap.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Shakespeare Week

This week is Shakespeare Week, a national campaign to inspire and enthuse people about William Shakespeare.

There's still chance to catch our Shakespeare display where you can find out a bit more about the Great Bard or enjoy one of his many plays and/or poems.  We also have a number of Shakespeare Graphic Novels and DVDs on offer too.  Please ask a member of LRC staff for more information.

‘Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.’
(Twelfth Night Act 2, Scene 5)

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Job Ready Event


Thursday 16 March 2017


The Careers department Job Ready Event is being held in college today in various venues across college.  In the Sports Hall, from 12.30pm to 1.30pm there is the Apprenticeship providers and Employers Recruitment Fair.  There are also sessions on Making Yourself Employable, Presenting a professional image and Wow CV session.

Come and take a look at the display in the LRC which provides details about all the events and sessions taking place today. Some books are also on display which are available to borrow from the Careers Library.  Online Careers resources are also available from the Careers and LRC Moodle page.  If you require any help or  assistance finding careers information and resources please see the Careers Librarian, Mandy Barker in the LRC. Careers Staff are based in Student Services if you require any careers advice and guidance.  Appointments can be made at the main desk in Student Services.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

International Women's Day

International Women's Day
8 March 2017
Theme: #BeBoldForChange
International Women's Day
Today is International Women's Day (IWD) which highlights the cultural, economic, political and social achievements of women around the world.
The theme this year is #BeBoldForChange a call for everyone to help forge a better working world - a more inclusive, gender world.  

How will you #BeBoldForChange? Go to and show your support.
Further information about IWD can be found on the website at

Come and take a look at the display in the LRC depicting women achievers from around the world, with various resources on or by women available for loan from the LRC.

Monday, 6 March 2017

National Apprenticeship Week and National Careers Week 2017

6 to 10 March 2017
National Apprenticeship Week
The National Apprenticeship Week is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and traineeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economyThis year marks the 10th anniversary of National Apprenticeship Week and will celebrate the achievements of apprentices over the last decade. The overall theme of the week is 'Ladder of Opportunity' which will focus on the progression routes of apprenticeships, traineeships through to higher and degree apprenticeships.  Further information about the week, as well as on apprenticeships and traineeships can be found on the GOV.UK website.
Come and take a look at the display in the LRC, which has further details about local and specialist apprenticeship providers, as well as about National Apprenticeship Week.  If you are interested in an apprenticeship further information is also available in the Careers Library based in the LRC.  See or email the Careers Librarian, Mandy Barker for further details.
National Careers Week
National Careers Week is run as a non-for-profit company to promote the importance of good careers education in schools and colleges, funded and backed by a number of volunteers with a wealth of experience from education, business and careers guidance. The aim is to provide a focus on careers guidance and support to students who may be about to leave college and enter full-time employment.  At a time of high youth unemployment there has never been a bigger need for careers guidance to be promoted and celebrated in education.  National Careers Week provides a platform to advise and inspire the next generation as they enter the world of work.  Further details and resources can be found on the National Careers Week website.
For any careers advice and guidance, please see a member of Careers Staff, Cerise Walters, Jill Valentine or Kevin Lennox based in Student Services.  Appointments can be made to see any of them at the main desk in Student Services.
Please come and have a look at the display in the LRC and use the Careers Library, which has a selection of resources available for you to borrow on CVs, Interview Skills, Job applications, Job interviewing,  Job Hunting and other careers resources. Online careers resources are also available from the Careers and LRC Moodle Page.  If you require any help or assistance finding careers information and resources see the Careers Librarian, Mandy Barker in the LRC.

World Book Day - 2 March 2017

Happy World Book Day!
It's the 20th anniversary of World Book Day this year, a day to celebrate and encourage reading for pleasure.  As part of World Book Day there is a display in the LRC highlighting some of the Writes of Passage books nominated by World Book Day participants along with this year's Quick Reads. (Quick Reads are short books written by big name authors that are specifically designed to be easy to read - they are the same as mainstream books in every respect but are simply shorter for those that don't always have the time to read or are less confident in their reading skills.) All the books on the display are available to loan so please feel free to borrow any copy that takes your fancy.

Finally don't forget the LRC also has an extensive fiction collection, including graphic novels, new releases and much more... All titles can be borrowed for three weeks so if the displayed books are not to your taste there are many more you can choose from.  If you are struggling to decide what to read, please speak to a member of LRC staff who will be happy to offer you a recommendation.

Happy reading!

Friday, 17 February 2017

Half Term Opening

The LRC will be open for study and revision every day over half term from 9.30am until 3.30pm each day.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Free Young Writers Group

Calling TRC students - If you’re a secret scribbler, vocal wordsmith, closet novelist or part-time poet, check out  Rotherham Young Writers – a free group that meets fortnightly and provides access to all sorts of great young writers opportunities.  

For further information visit:

Friday, 10 February 2017

Young Writers' Day

Hive Young Writers’ Day
Horror and Fantasy genre writing with
Simon Bestwick and KT Davies

When: Saturday 25th Feb – from 10.30am to 4.30pm

Where: Sheffield, Institute of Learning, Charlies St 
(5 minutes for Sheffield train & bus station)

Open to: 14 to 25s from across South Yorkshire
(Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley & Doncaster areas).

Further information:

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Safer Internet Day 2017

Today is Safer Internet Day, a day dedicated to promoting the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

We have a great display in the LRC with lots of useful resources to help you be safe.

In particular, you can pick up a free checklist for SnapChat, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter giving you lots of great tips regarding privacy settings, blocking and reporting and much more.

You can also find some top tips and advice on the Safer Internet Day website.

To mark Safer Internet Day how about spending some time checking the privacy setting on your social media accounts, having a browse through your 'friends' and removing anyone that you don't really know and double checking those photos and posts and taking down any that might be harming your digital footprint.

If you need any further information on how to be safe and responsible online - please get in touch with Emma Hadfield in the LRC.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Happy New Year

We've been back a whole week and we forgot to wish everyone a Happy New Year! 
So, apologies for this and we hope everyone is enjoying 2017 so far and has settled back into the new term.
The LRC is back to its normal opening hours and business as usual.